Guildhall principal to retire

Guildhall principal to retire


norman lebrecht

February 05, 2016

At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Professor Barry Ife is calling it quits at 69, it was announced today. He has been in the job for 12 years.

Not, perhaps, the most exhilarating period, according to the list of achievements enumerated in his press release:

·         Realising the School’s long-held ambition to build additional facilities at Milton Court (opened September 2013), including state-of-the-art performance venues, rehearsal and teaching spaces.

·         Leading the application that led to the Guildhall School being awarded Taught Degree-Awarding Powers, which were granted by the Privy Council in April 2014.

·         Reviving and strengthening strategic partnerships with a range of performing arts organisations such as Barbican CentreLSO and The Royal Opera.

·         Leading the Guildhall School to become the UK’s single largest provider of music education to under 18s by incorporating the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) and creating new CYM music ‘hubs’ in Norfolk, Somerset and Saffron Walden.

·         Recognition for Guildhall’s music outreach and opera programmes through two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (2005 and 2007).

·         Repositioning the School within the higher education sector. 

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  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Actually, that list looks rather impressive. 12 years is a long haul in a job like that. Congratulations to him and to the Guildhall School for their leadership. I remember one of his predecessors, the late Ian Horsbrugh, with fond admiration for his 14 years as Principal.

  • Nicola Lefanu says:

    ==Not, perhaps, the most exhilarating period,

    That’s unfair. Barry has done tremendous work during his time at GMSD.
    It’s easy to stand on the sidelines and mock

  • TONY THORNE says:

    Astonishing comment, unmerited.